2020 Vision: Marking a Momentous Year

Spring 2020 Update

State of the Association: A Message from Kim Churches

Though we are not able to convene in-person for state conventions this year due to COVID-19, CEO Kim Churches provides an update from the national office on the state of the association and a look ahead to the future.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment — and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act — two crucial milestones in giving women the right to vote. It’s also a critical election year. With Title IX under threat, a persistent gender pay gap, and a dearth of women leaders, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

As part of an initiative we’re calling “2020 Vision,” we invite you to reflect on all the progress we’ve made together and stand strong in the fight for a fairer future. You can share your own story about contributing to AAUW’s legacy and watch our webinar series, which highlights recent equity research, outlines our ambitious “Gender Agenda” for the year, and more.

2020 Convening Series

See below for AAUW’s 2020 Convening webinar series.

July 30, 2020

Is Your Perspective Inclusive?

Join AAUW’s Sheila Amo for a discussion with Pamela Fuller, Thought Leader of Inclusion and Bias at FranklinCovey, and Dr. Lisette Garcia, Executive Vice President and COO at the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), to learn more about developing inclusive perspectives. This webinar was made possible through the generous support of GEICO.

June 25, 2020

Black Women Leading Through an Equity Lens

Join AAUW for a courageous conversation with Kimberly L. Sisnett, SVP, People at VERICAST; and Stephanie Jackson, Senior Business Resiliency Specialists Control Risk at Facebook to learn about their experiences, challenges and lessons learned in corporate leadership.

June 23, 2020

Using Tech For Good

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Maria Artunduaga, an emerging leader in technology, biomedical discovery and the social impact field, as she shares her inspiring leadership journey as a physician and Latina in the male-dominated start up industry, how her company pivoted during COVID-19, and her strategies for success.

June 16, 2020

National Board Town Hall

Hear from AAUW National’s Board Leadership as they answer members’ questions and discuss how we intend to advance AAUW’s mission and impact through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

June 11, 2020

A Conversation on Education & Equity

Join AAUW for a conversation on education and equity with Dr. Amaka Okechukwu, 2017-18 AAUW American Fellow, Assistant Professor of Sociology at George Mason University and author of To Fulfill These Rights: Political Struggle Over Affirmative Action and Open Admissions.

May 28, 2020

Social Media Advocacy 101

Social media is an effective tool to extend our reach and mobilize supporters around issues impacting women and girls. We explore best practices and resources for issues-based outreach and “get out the vote” efforts​ during the pandemic and beyond. Join us and learn how you can use social media to best support your advocacy efforts.

May 26, 2020

Virtual Town Hall

AAUW CEO Kim Churches answered members’ questions live during this virtual town hall. Do you have a question about AAUW’s priorities and strategies that wasn’t answered in this meeting? Submit your questions to branchrelations@aauw.org. We would love to hear your insights on how to stay relevant and connected in this difficult time.

April 30, 2020

Mrs. America: Women’s Rights, Family Values and Politics

Join us for a Conversation with AAUW American Fellowship alumna Marjorie Spruill, Professor Emerita, University of South Carolina and author, Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights & Family Values that Polarized American Politics.

April 22, 2020

Getting Out the Vote During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis poses an unprecedented challenge to our electoral process. Learn about the pandemic’s impact on voter access, gain key “get out the vote” and voter education resources, and identify priority policy issues facing women and families this election.

April 14, 2020

AAUW Updates & Diane Rehm

CEO Kim Churches provides an update on AAUW’s continuing work and talks with renowned radio host and author Diane Rehm about how she has managed to remain resilient in the face of challenges and loss. Listen now or read more about the conversation.

April 10, 2020

New Website Launch

AAUW is pleased to announce the launch of our new website and we hope it will help us to stay more connected than ever. Take a virtual “tour” with the communications team by watching this webinar. You can provide feedback here.

January 28, 2020

The Gender Agenda

AAUW CEO Kim Churches outlines our equity priorities for the year.  

December 5, 2019

Together in 2019, Together in 2020

AAUW CEO Kim Churches talks about AAUW’s latest research on sexual harassment, 2020 convenings and other strategic updates.

Your Story. Our Legacy.

We want to know more about what AAUW has meant to you.

Meaningful Moments from Members

My story begins many years ago when I was a new mother, at age 28, with a toddler and expecting a second baby. Although I loved staying at home and being a mom, there were times when I thought I would lose my mind due to the lack of any intellectual stimulation. Somehow I got invited to join the Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette branch of an organization called AAUW, which had monthly meetings, weekly intellectual discussion groups, and a fun social interest group called “Young Grads.” My mind was saved and I started meeting women who would support and guide me through the next five decades of my life.
Peggy S. Cabaniss, AAUW Board of Directors

 When I fractured my leg, and couldn’t even put any weight on my leg for 4+ months, my AAUW sisters jumped in to help me get to meetings, bring food, and provide flawless leadership for the branch so I could focus on my recovery and therapy.
Karen Francis, public policy chair, AAUW Missouri

One moment comes to mind from my 52 years of membership… During the 1981 (centenary) conference, as a member of the national Resources for Tomorrow Committee, my report on energy conservation consisted of using an electric chain saw to cut a pound of butter on stage.
Kathleen Wood Laurila, longtime member and 1988–89 Career Development Grant recipient

In the 1990s, AAUW rose to prominence in the media with our research reports on shortchanging girls in school. Several of us were at a women’s march in DC during that time and were approached by a young woman who spotted our AAUW sign and shouted out, “AAUW — you’re the ones who did the study on girls in school — THANK YOU!” That was thrilling to be recognized … in public as an organization doing such good for girls and women.
Caroline Pickens, AAUW Fund, Legal Advocacy Chair, AAUW Virginia

Please direct membership inquiries to connect@aauw.org.